Saturday, December 16, 2006


Cyberspace is a funny old place. People seem to have a lot of time on their hands - enough to spend it walking around imaginary worlds, trading imaginary goods to imaginary people. Here are a couple of examples:

Second Life

Second Life ScreenshotSecond Life is a multi-player, three-dimensional world which you access from your computer. You create your avatar (how you look), walk and fly around the landscape chatting to people, spending your virtual money. You are paid a weekly salary and you can earn more by selling stuff to other Second Lifers - not real stuff, but virtual stuff like outfits, artwork, music etc.

Not all of Second Life is pornography. Big business is starting to muscle in and use it as a training environment to deliver seminars or as a way of promoting music via virtual concerts.

The bizarre thing is people spend their real money buying virtual-real-estate in Second Life. You actually have to pay ground rent per square metre for your building. There are two million residents of Second Life. You can try it out for free. I did. I was bored to sobs.


Eve Online screenshotEve is like Elite used to be on the BBC Micro except that the other spacecraft are controlled by other real people around the world. You are some sort of space trader person in huge galaxy. You fly around buying stuff, selling stuff or fighting. If it takes 45 minutes to fly to Alpha Centauri, you have to sit there watching space go by for 45 actual minutes!

Again, bizarrely, people pay real money for virtual stuff like spaceships. Try searching for Eve Online on eBay.

I'm going to have a lie down now. My head's hurting.



Blogger Polarbear said...

bizarre, i am tempted to have a go, but shouldn't i'll probably get hooked.

what do you mean by not all pornography?
looks nothing like pornography

4:19 pm  
Blogger Polarbear said...

I tried second life it crashed each time i start it up


4:59 pm  
Blogger Glynn said...

There's a lot of "mature content" areas in Second Life. I'm not quite sure what goes on but I imagine it's like a rather fruity chat room.

It's all rather odd. Suzanne Vega recently did a concert inside Second Life. Some bloke is a Second Life millionaire. Shops are opening virtual stores in the virtual world.

3:48 pm  
Blogger Polarbear said...

Philip K Dick was writing books about this years ago. I can't imagine it becoming that popular but I bet it will take-off in Japan.

8:20 pm  

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